Voluntary peer reviews of NCPs and Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct (NCPs for RBC) are agencies established by governments. Their mandate is twofold: to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and related due diligence guidance, and to handle cases (referred to as "specific instances") as a non-judicial grievance mechanism. To date, 49 governments have an NCP for RBC.

NCPs can undergo voluntary peer reviews which identify their strengths as well as areas for improvement. Peer reviews are facilitated by the Secretariat of the OECD and carried out by representatives of 2 to 4 different NCPs who conduct an on-site visit to the NCP under review, meet with government, business and civil society stakeholders and provide recommendations in a public report. A peer review will look at whether the NCP is functioning in a visible, accessible, transparent and accountable manner. It also explores whether the NCP handles cases in a way that is impartial, predictable, equitable and compatible with the Guidelines. You can find attached the report of the Austrian NCP Peer Review (2019).

For the development of RBC policies there is an annual Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (GFRBC). In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Global Forum was held virtually and in two separate parts.

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